Make Your Own Tarp Tents





Introduction: Make Your Own Tarp Tents

Use blue tarps to make tents.

Step 1: Materials Needed:

Materials needed: blue tarps, poles: 2" by 2" lumber, bamboo, or saplings, string, stakes (1” by 2” by 18” sharpened lumber or samplings).

Step 2: Make a Modle:

Look at the photos and make a paper model of the tent you want to make.

Use a rock and string to attach cords to your tarps or use Grip Clips:

For more details see:

Step 3: "String and Rock"

Attach cord to your tarp by using the “string and rock” technique (this is were you gather part of your tarp around a rock about the size of a walnut and wrap a 2’ section string around were you have gathered and tie it. The extra string is used to tie to poles or stakes. Or use Grip Clips:

Step 4: Interior Pole Supports

Where you want to place a pole inside your tarp tie a 5 layer pad made of a scrap section of your tarp to the top of your pole or use the Pro:

Step 5: Different Styes of Tents

One of the great things about this type of tent is that you do not damage the materials you are using and can re-arrange them to make a different style of tent later.



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    Haha great fun! But a couple tips to add: Make sure that you prevent water from coming underneath the tarp and getting your space wet by diverting rainwater or something. Also if know that if you use a pole/stick to prop up your tarp there will be condensation if it rains. Ie not completely dry which is generally ideal for sleeping

    tarp-life i well know and love but...anything but the BLUE (unless it's your favorite color)!

    Here's one available to buy online, but it's gotta be easy to make as well:

    it utilizes a 9x12 tarp for a single person shelter.

    hellO!! the err stove/lamp doest it burn the friggin tarp??/ i need to know cuzz i wanna cook in mah tarp shelter

    Depends on distance from tarp and the temperature.  I'd certainly make sure there is PLENTY of ventilation and distance from the tarp.  If your shelter is enclosed, carbon monoxide is a definite danger!

    i think it's funny how it's in someone's back yard

    Does anyone know where to get mosquito netting? That's the missing item I'm looking for!

    If you are going to go with mosquito netting I would step up to No seeum net which is a lot finer and better.

    You can get netting from camping suppy stores, army surplus store and online I would imagin.